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Hydrodynamic and Salinity Characteristics of Rivers and Estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Eduardo Patino

Lars Soderqvist

Publication_Date: Unpublished Material
Title:
Hydrodynamic and Salinity Characteristics of Rivers and Estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: unknown
Online_Linkage:
<https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/index.php?project_url=hydrosal_tti>
Description:
Abstract:
The objective of this South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)/USGS cooperative effort is to: (1) describe the hydrodynamic characteristics and the temporal and spatial salinity variability of creeks and estuaries within the Ten Thousand Islands area; and (2) help define circulation and salinity patterns related to prominent physical boundaries, which are generally composed of mud flats, ridges, and oyster beds. Data collection will be conducted over 3 years to capture a representative range of seasonal conditions and extreme events.

Hydrologic data will be used to: describe the hydrodynamic characteristics of the area; determine salinity patterns of rivers and estuaries; and provide baseline characteristics before the alteration related to ecosystem restoration efforts. This study also will provide data for the development and calibration of hydrodynamic/salinity models planned for the study area.

Purpose:
Freshwater diversion from natural flow-ways in the Ten Thousand Islands (10KI) by basin development and road construction has adversely impacted downstream estuaries by changing their salinity regimes and water quality. Major restoration efforts are currently underway to restore the health of these estuaries and the natural delivery of freshwater is a key component. These restoration efforts, such as the Picayune Strand Hydrologic Restoration Project and the Tamiami Trail (US 41) Culvert Project, will alter the flow of freshwater and change the water quality in the Ten Thousand Islands.

However, there is little information regarding the present-day quantity, timing and quality of fresh water flow to the Ten Thousand Islands. Current hydrologic models omit this area due to the complex nature of the hydrology and the lack of available data. The paucity of information poses a problem for the restoration with respect to identifying desirable surface water flow rates and assessing restoration success, as required under the Southwest Florida Feasibility Study and REstoration COordination & VERification (RECOVER).

Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 2007
Ending_Date: 2010
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: In Work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.75
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.3
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 26
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 25.75
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: flow
Theme_Keyword: salinity
Theme_Keyword: water quality
Theme_Keyword: hydrology
Theme_Keyword: water level
Theme_Keyword: discharge
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: inlandWaters
Theme_Keyword: 007
Theme_Keyword: 012
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1995, Countries, Dependencies, Areas of Special Sovereignty, and Their Principal Administrative Divisions, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 10-4, Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: US
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1987, Codes for the identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas of the United States, and associated areas (Federal Information Processing Standard 5-2): Washington, DC, NIST
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: FL
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1990, Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas, FIPS 6-3, Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: Collier County
Place_Keyword: Monroe County
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Geographic Names Information System
Place_Keyword: Ten Thousand Islands
Place_Keyword: Ten Thousand Islands NWR
Place_Keyword: Blackwater River
Place_Keyword: East River
Place_Keyword: Pumpkin River
Place_Keyword: Faka Union Bay
Place_Keyword: Little Wood River
Place_Keyword: Faka Union River
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword: SW Big Cypress
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints: none
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Eduardo Patino
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Position: Hydrologist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1400 Colonial Blvd., Suite 70, Royal Palm Square
City: Ft. Myers
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33907
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 239 275-8448 ext. 11
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 239 275-6820
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: epatino@usgs.gov
Data_Set_Credit:
Project personnel include: Andrew Erickson, Amanda Booth, and Marty Berry

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report: not available
Completeness_Report: not available
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: Data collection site locations have been determined using GPS.
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Flow, salinity, and temperature data collection:

Flow, salinity, and temperature stations have been constructed and instrumented at Blackwater River, Pumpkin River, Little Wood River, Faka Union River, and East River. One Water-level, salinity, and temperature station was constructed and instrumented at Faka Union Bay channel marker #6.

Continuous flow, salinity, temperature and water elevation at selected rivers flowing into the Ten Thousand Islands (10KI) will be measured by index velocity meters, water elevation sensors, and salinity-water temperature sensors that are permanently established at key locations for the duration of the data collection component of the study. These permanent stations will serve to provide a continuous, long-term record of change resulting from variation in flow. Regression analyses will be used to establish relations between flow at instrumented and non-instrumented rivers. These relations will be used to calculate discharge at all rivers within the study area.

Process_Date: Not complete
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Salinity surveys:

Permanent stations can not be deployed to the extent necessary to adequately characterize all the 10KI bays and tributaries. Therefore, to achieve the greater aerial coverage necessary, individual boat surveys will be conducted. A flow-through chamber will be attached to the transom of a boat at 20 cm below the water surface, and a probe inserted in the chamber to measure salinity and temperature. The probe will be connected to a data logger with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) unit and record salinity, water temperature, time and location every 5 seconds (about every 5 to 10 meters) while the boat is moving. For every salinity survey, two boats will be used simultaneously to reduce the time required for data collection, and help to reduce the tidal data bias. The boats will travel from the lower bay area toward landward reach of coastal creeks, collecting thousands of individual data points that are used to create synoptic salinity maps representative of hydrologic conditions during the wet and dry season. This methodology has been used successfully in the Estero Bay Hydrologic and Salinity Evaluation Project. Multiple survey trips will provide an understanding of water quality conditions for the entire 10KI tributary and estuarine system that can be correlated to changes in measurements at the permanent stations.

We are performing 4 surveys per year (Wet Season, Transition to Dry Season, Dry Season, and Transition to Wet Season). Two (2) boat surveys (1 per season) will be conducted annually in conjunction with the operation of the permanent stations. Up to 2 addition surveys (1 per season) also are planned to typify extreme event conditions. These surveys will cover the areas from Everglades City to Goodland and from the rivers to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Process_Date: Not complete
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Eduardo Patino
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Position: Hydrologist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1400 Colonial Blvd., Suite 70, Royal Palm Square
City: Ft. Myers
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33907
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 239 275-8448 ext. 11
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 239 275-6820
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: epatino@usgs.gov

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
Data collected include salinity, flow, water elevation, and temperature
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: USGS

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20091221
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 600 Fourth Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727 803-8747 ext 3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727 803-2030
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sofia-metadata@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Access_Constraints: none
Metadata_Use_Constraints:
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